Serie A Preview: Napoli-Juventus
Walter Mazzarri's side has struggled in recent weeks and knows another slip-up against the league leader on Friday would strengthen the Bianconeri's grip on the Scudetto.
By Craig Turnbull
Campagnaro, Cannavaro, Britos
Mesto, Behrami, Inler, Armero
Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini
L'steiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Marchisio, Asamoah
Napoli only has a minor injury concern ahead of its must-win clash against Juventus on Friday at the Stadio San Paolo.
Alessandro Gamberini will be assessed before the game, which means Miguel Britos may deputize for the 31-year-old. The Partenopei have been struggling in recent weeks, and Giandonmenico Mesto and Pablo Armero may be left out of the lineup for Christian Maggio and Juan Zuniga as manager Walter Mazzarri looks for a winning combination.
Meanwhile, Antonio Conte can field a full-strength side with Giorgio Chiellini returning to the fray after being out since December.
Paolo De Ceglie, Nicklas Bendtner and Simone Pepe are all unavailable, while Nicolas Anelka and Martin Caceres did not train on Wednesday because of back pain.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Napoli has failed to win any of its last five matches in all competitions, and have drawn its last three consecutive encounters in Serie A.
- The Partenopei have not lost to Juventus at the Stadio San Paolo in the league for six games -- a run that stretches back to October 2000.
- Edinson Cavani (pictured, right) who is Serie A's leading scorer with 18 goals, has failed to score in his last 500 minutes of play.
- Juventus can stretch its lead at the top of Serie A to nine points with a win on Friday, with only 11 games left to play.
- The Bianconeri's biggest away win against Napoli is 6-2, which came way back in 1974-75 season.
- Juve is undefeated in its last four league games against the Naples club.
Top 3 Predictions
Napoli 0-2 Juventus
- 18.14 %
Napoli 1-2 Juventus
- 17.52 %
Napoli 1-3 Juventus
- 10.25 %
|Serie A (SR-A)||Nov 10, 2013||Juventus 3 - Napoli 0|
|Serie A (SR-A)||Mar 1, 2013||Napoli 1 - Juventus 1|
|Serie A (SR-A)||Oct 20, 2012||Juventus 2 - Napoli 0|
|Italy - TIM Supercup (TIMS)||Aug 11, 2012||Juventus 4 - Napoli 2|
|Italy - Coppa Italia (ITAC)||May 20, 2012||Juventus 0 - Napoli 2|
|Mar 2, 2014||Livorno 1 - Napoli 1||SR-A|
|Feb 27, 2014||Napoli 3 - Swansea City 1||EL|
|Feb 24, 2014||Napoli 1 - Genoa 1||SR-A|
|Feb 20, 2014||Swansea City 0 - Napoli 0||EL|
|Feb 16, 2014||Sassuolo 0 - Napoli 2||SR-A|
|26||Morgan De Sanctis||Goalkeeper|
|5||Miguel Angel Britos||Defender|
|7||Omar El Kaddouri||Midfielder|